Providence, RI- The Brown women's basketball team (5-15, 1-5 Ivy) returns home to close out the first round of Ivy League play when it hosts Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend for its annual WBCA Pink-Zone weekend. Tonight, the Bears take on Dartmouth (5-14, 1-4) at 7 p.m., and all fans who wear PINK will get into the game FREE. The first 400 fans through the door will receive a megaphone and everyone will receive a breast cancer ribbon. The Bears then challenge Harvard (13-6, 5-0) at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Fans who wear pink will be eligible to win a prize pack from a Brown Athletics sponsor and the first 300 fans will receive a breast cancer awareness button.
The Bears will look to win its second Ivy League game tonight when it takes on the Dartmouth Big Green. The Bears are coming off a dominating 66-53 victory over Cornell last Saturday night, as junior co-captain Hannah Passafuime led the effort with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Brown gained a 16-point advantage at the half, and had as much as a 22-point lead in the second to capture the win.
Sophomore guard Sheila Dixon has started in 19 of 20 games this season and is leading Brown with 10.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Her scoring ranks 14th overall in the Ivy League while she is second in the league in defensive rebounds (4.9). Rookie point guard Lauren Clarke has made a big impact for the Bears this season, as she is second on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per-game. Clarke is Brown's best threat from beyond the arc, as her three-point field goal percentage (.341) ranks ninth in the Ivy League. Also, Clarke's 36 steals in 18 games ranks third in the league, while Dixon follows close behind ranking fifth with 1.9 steals per game.
Dartmouth earned its first Ivy League win last Friday night when it defeated the University of Pennsylvania, 68-65. Sophomore guard Faziah Steen, an All-Rookie Team selection, led the way with 28 point, including a 7-for-11 performance from beyond the arc, while adding three assists and two steals. Dartmouth followed with a 75-50 loss to Princeton the following night, despite Sasha Dosenko's 13 points and career-high 19 rebounds and three blocks. Brittney Smith is leading Dartmouth in scoring with 13.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, but has played just seven games. Steen is Dartmouth's other double-figure scorer and ranks second on the team and seventh in the league with her 11.6 points per game.
Harvard has won its last seven straight games, including its most recent 88-84 double overtime victory over visiting Penn last Saturday night. Harvard is the only team in the Ivy League that is still undefeated in league play, as four players are averaging double-figure scoring for the Crimson. Leading the offense is Brogan Berry with 14.4 points per game, which ranks second overall in the Ivy League, followed by Victoria Lippert's 13.6 points per game which ranks third in the league. Lippert leads the team with 52 percent shooting from the floor and 48 percent shooting from beyond the arc.